It's always sort of a novelty when you go to places like Brasa, La Loma, or Gorkha Palace and they have Mexican Coke in a bottle. It's impossible not to order one of these sodas for at least two good reasons: First, pure cane sugar soda tastes way better. Second, there's just something fun and class ... More >>
Many are looking forward to Saturday's big throwdown between our own Vikings and Green Bay's Pack, but some have more than just pride on the line. Mayor R.T. Rybak and Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt are among the many who have wagered something on this game, but theirs has less to do with money and mor ... More >>
When there's a craving for bacon, sometimes nothing will stand in your way.An alleged burglar busted out the skillet and started to cook himself some bacon in a home he had just burglarized last year, according to the Wisconsin State Journal. He was charged yesterday after police used DNA from a sho ... More >>
We'll spare you the "beet the heat" and "you can't beet this" references while sharing this recipe, but this ginger beet gin and tonic, made with the freshest of seasonal ingredients, is earthy, fresh, and clean. A fine spin on the traditional gin & tonic, the beet-infused gin, mint, and ginger ... More >>
Are you familiar with Pimm's No. 1 Cup? This centuries-old liqueur has some lesser known cousins (the No. 3 and the No. 6) that are still in production, but the most popular by far is the No. 1. It's a cola-colored, gin-based liqueur that is faintly herby and is set off perfectly when mixed with cit ... More >>
Inspired by the create-your-own focus of the ubiquitous salad bar, and following the popularity of frozen yogurt chains like Pinkberry (will we ever get one?), Red Mango, and Tasti D-Lite, John Mallon and his business partner Randy Carmody opened Freeziac, a self-service frozen yogurt shop that f ... More >>
Don't let your kids do Coke.A new scientific study on food and diet--and what would we do without them?--says that teenagers who drink at least two cans of pop every day are remarkably more violent, and more likely to carry weapons, than kids who don't. And that's not the only surprising th ... More >>
Harmon Killebrew's legacy lives on in these bottles. Who doesn't want to root for a hometown hero, especially when it's a root beer? Old Fashioned Killebrew sodas--root beer and cream soda--are part of famed Minnesota baseball player Harmon Killebrew's legacy. When Harmon's son brought the ... More >>
Joy SummersDan Oskey dispensing drinks and good will.Dan Oskey has been featured in local media, recognized by City Pages as the area's Best Bartender, and reigned behind the bar of St. Paul's Strip Club Meat & Fish since the day they opened. Nowadays his work can also be found on the s ... More >>
Joy SummersJoia Sodas premieres at Strip Club Meat & FishMonday evening Tim Niver and staff hosted a party to celebrate the launch of Joia sodas, the new effervescent beverage with all-natural ingredients developed by resident mixologist and onetime City Pages Best Bartender Dan Oskey. The ki ... More >>
Mixologist Dan Oskey of the Strip Club created wild new flavors like "Lime, Hibiscus & Clove." When a mixologist of extraordinary flavor-pairing skills teams with several adept and accomplished marketing minds, amazing things happen. Such is the case with Joia--All Natural Sodas. Seeing a lac ... More >>
Testing out the new Freestyle soda machine at Davanni's.Although Coca-Cola launched its new Freestyle soda machines in Atlanta and Southern California in 2009, it took two years for the sleek, customizable drink dispensers to arrive in the Twin Cities. A computer touch-screen on the Freesty ... More >>
Bubbly brown sodaChai Tea Soda$2.50Sun Street Breads4600 Nicollet Ave. S., Minneapolis612.354.3414Our particular version of this bubbly, spiced concoction was made to order by Martin Ouimet, partner of beloved baker Solveig Tofte at their new eatery/bakery at 46th and Nicollet. The Hot Dish rolle ... More >>
Public Enemy No. 1 This week a committee of the Minnesota House made national news when it passed the so-called cheeseburger bill, a proposed law that would prevent fat people from suing the fast-food industry over their health problems caused by scarfing too much fatty food and soda. The Pe ... More >>
PepsicoDoes this soda make me look fat?In honor of New York Fashion Week kicking off this week, Pepsi unveiled a new tall and sleek Diet Pepsi can design. In the company's official press release, chief marketing officer Jill Beraud commented, Diet Pepsi has a long history of celebrating women t ... More >>
Fizzy, fresh and non-alcoholic Pomegranate Ginger Ale$3Big Bowl - Edina3669 Galleria, Edina952-928-7888We admit that the Hot Dish has a tendency to highlight the libations. So, this week we present a tasty, accessible alternative -- and we're glad to do it. And, it's even at a chain restaur ... More >>
bhamsandwich/flickrThe mint julep is our friend.Yes siree, September is National Bourbon Month, and we are here to celebrate our favorite amber fluid--the only one native to the USA-- with you.Made with corn, and named for a county in Kentucky, bourbon making is no free-for-all, there are very sp ... More >>
Shand SchmidLike an aquarium of love Cucumber/basil splash $7.95 Nick and Eddie 1612 Harmon Place, Minneapolis 612.486.5800 All the talk in the world of cocktails is about creations made with ingredients straight out of the garden, and this creation scores major points for best use of beautiful ... More >>
Tony Panellli offers West Indies cuisine
courtesy of Adam Harness This summer, nothing is more important than getting your relax on. With this in mind, we have been checking in with local mixmasters to find drink recipes that are sparkling fresh, luscious, and make you look like a pro. Adam Harness, who is constantly kicking ass ... More >>
All Things Michigan/flickr Hello, loyal Hot Dish readers. It has been a week full of dreamy things like grilling, root beer floats, outdoor festivals, and clear blue skies. And don't you wish every weekend could be three days long? While you ponder that thought, here are a few of the week's top ... More >>
Summer is the season for root beer floats, when we can burn off the calories from such sugary indulgences on a bike or the baseball diamond. We here at The Hot Dish decided to stage a float fight at a few of the Cities' ice cream hot spots: Izzy's Ice Cream, Minnesota's oldest Dairy Queen in Rosevil ... More >>
hello, beautifulHere is what we already know: It's almost summer, it's getting hot, and it's nice to sit outside on the patio and have a drink. So the only question remaining is, "What can I drink that is fresh and new, something that might be a little extra work but will impress my gue ... More >>
Mark your calendars, an important event is taking place this Sunday: it's Mint Julep Day! Since 1938, the drink has been served on the first Saturday in May for Kentucky Derby Day. However, the official day to sip this bourbon and mint creation is this weekend.
Drinking soda increases your chance of getting pancreatic cancer says a new University of Minnesota-led study.
Clubhouse Jager's perfectly balanced cocktail, Saint Gin-Gin, tastes so right.
Because we know that you are dirty: Jasmine 26's Dirt and Stormy is this week's drink of the week.
Yeo's White Gourd Drink may only be five percent juice, but it is 100 percent sugary deliciousness.
Concessions Contrast: ballpark prices from '82 and today.
Irish whiskey will make you feel frisky at The Kitty Cat Klub. Meow.
In anticipation of Girl Talk's show tonight at First Avenue, Gimme Noise cooks up its own amusing mash-up titles.
This week brings us back to fruit-flavored hard liquor. We're trying RonDiaz banana rum which offers the "exotic taste of the tropics." Yeah, it's from Princeton, MN.
How do you lure the kids back to the farm? With local, organic ice cream, of course
Phillips families were already worried about the parolees next door. Then the headless corpse turned up.
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